Source: Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation

Austin Community Foundation Invests $250,000 in Accessible, Affordable Housing

Investment in Texas Housing Impact Fund will leverage funds for new apartments in NE Austin

Austin, Texas, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Austin Community Foundation announced today a $250,000 investment in the Texas Housing Impact Fund—a loan fund of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC)—to help close a funding gap for the construction of an affordable, accessible apartment complex known as Accessible Housing Austin! (AHA!) at Briarcliff.

The investment allowed TSAHC to increase the amount of financing for AHA! at Briarcliff from $695,000 to $995,000, with a reduced interest rate of 2.5 percent during the two-year construction period.

“We applaud Austin Community Foundation’s investment in our Texas Housing Impact Fund to support the AHA! at Briarcliff development,” said David Long, President, Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. “Their commitment allows us to amplify our impact in creating affordable and accessible housing opportunities for low-income households in an area of Austin that is close to transit, jobs, amenities, and services.”   

AHA! at Briarcliff is an apartment complex in northeast Austin that will consist of 27 units—one half accessible and the other half adaptable for persons with disabilities. The complex will serve households with incomes below 50 percent of the median family income and house between 35 and 60 people. Construction is expected to begin in early 2019.

To complete the project, AHA!, a local nonprofit housing developer, has secured more than $3.7 million in additional financing from the City of Austin and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, as well as an Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from Frost Bank in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. Additionally, the project will be exempt from local property taxes through a ground lease and long-term partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.

Austin Community Foundation’s investment is made through FundATX, the organization’s impact investing program. As a complement to its traditional grant-making strategy, the foundation awards below-market-rate loans to nonprofit organizations and community development financial intermediaries working to close the opportunity gap in Central Texas. This strategy allows the foundation to invest in local solutions while generating a financial return on philanthropic dollars.

“We know grant making can only go so far and we’re committed to maximizing the Austin Community Foundation’s resources through new and innovative solutions, such as impact investing, to help close the opportunity gap in Central Texas,” Mike Nellis, chief executive officer, Austin Community Foundation, said. “The foundation is excited to partner with Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and other investors to bring this project to fruition.”

Learn more about FundATX at austincf.org/fundatx

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About Austin Community Foundation
Austin Community Foundation is the catalyst for generosity in Austin. The foundation brings together philanthropists, dollars and ideas to shape Austin's future. Austin Community Foundation is focused on closing the opportunity gap through research, pooled resources and data-driven grantmaking. In 2017, the foundation granted more than $31 million to the community, mostly through donor advised funds. Founded in 1977, the foundation is the third largest charitable foundation in Central Texas by grants distributed. Learn more at AustinCF.org.

About Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation
The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created at the direction of the Texas Legislature to serve as a self-sustaining, statewide affordable housing provider. To fulfill its mission, TSAHC provides innovative housing programs that help developers build more affordable housing, help low and moderate-income households purchase a home, and help households facing financial hardship stay in their homes. Learn more at www.tsahc.org. 

Michael Wilt
Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation
5123342157
mwilt@tsahc.org